GAY MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG CAN’T
AVOID JUDEO-CHRISTIAN MORALITY
“Hypocrisy is the tribute which vice pays to virtue.”
That maxim — credited to 17th-Century French essayist Francois Duc De La Rochefoucaul — came to mind when I read that South Bend Mayor and would-be presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg had cited Donald Trump’s sexual history as a put-down of both the President and his supporters.
“…even on the version of Christianity that you hear from the religious right, which is about sexual ethics,” Buttigieg said on NBC’s “Meet the Press, “I can’t believe that somebody who was caught writing hush money checks to adult film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person you want to be leading this nation.”
For all we hear about moral myopia on the part of Evangelicals who support Trump (Catholics, too, for that matter), no one considers The Donald a paragon of virtue.
Everybody knows of his voracious sexual appetite. The reported payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels highlighted only one of many torrid affairs carried on with a parade of the world’s most beautiful women. In fact, The Donald has been at no pains at all to deny his past. He’s spoken with pride about all those escapades.
But Mayor Pete’s comment was rife with irony. To criticize Trump’s colorful history is to acknowledge a traditional code of sexual ethics: one based on the Judeo-Christian moral understanding.
We’re talking here about a transcendent measure of personal rectitude rooted in Scripture and maintained over the course of several thousand years. If this isn’t your frame of reference, then what has Trump done that’s improper?
He’s merely indulged his physical desires with women who found him appealing enough (or rich enough) to be worthy of their attention.
Yet, the fact that Pete Buttigieg is an avowed homosexual, “married” to a man, is evidence that he’s living entirely outside the Judeo-Christian moral understanding on matters of sex and human relationships.
He may insist that his “husband” brings him closer to God — as he has, defending same-sex “marriage.” But in his jab at Trump he’s appealing to an ethical code he transgresses everyday.
Which goes to show that Judeo-Christian morality can’t be avoided, no matter how sexually “progressive” one might be.
Mayor Pete’s point about Trump supporters isn’t without validity. They have cut The Donald an enormous amount of slack on the subject of his many dalliances.
But it’s not that they’re hypocrites. To the contrary, they know well enough that this President’s personal life isn’t something to be held up as a model for the kiddies.
Trumpsters have simply made a practical choice. They’ve decided to stand by a man who, for all his deficiencies of virtue, is rebuilding our country after eight years of government-by-sedition. And they see him as the last line of defense against Bernie Sanders’ band of merry Bolsheviks.
The price people are willing to pay is acceptance of human frailty. In that they’re following a principle established with Bill Clinton and the blue dress, when it was decided — for better or worse — that a President’s private morals ought to be judged separately from the conduct of his official duties.
One can only ask: How much human frailty would be acceptable to make a Pete Buttigieg candidacy viable? Is America ready for a homosexual President?
And I offer that with hesitation, because there are other things I didn’t think would happen and yet have come to pass.
I didn’t think same-sex “marriage” was possible. I’m still convinced the public has a profound and visceral objection to it. Some sort of civil-union arrangement, maybe. But marriage? Definitely not.
This was forced upon us by an activist court ignoring the public will expressed time and again in elections at all levels.
On the other hand, I thought that intentionally putting women into military units that confront the enemy directly would meet insurmountable opposition.
Just wait ’til they start sending back female soldiers in body bags or girls with their legs blown off, I said. There’ll be a huge public revolt.
Well, we’ve seen female soldiers in body bags and girls with their legs blown off.
So I guess anything can happen.
But maybe not just yet.
Whenever some lefty politician attempts to speak in religious terms, the media get all excited. Not that news folk have that much personal interest in religion. They just figure…
Wow! This is a guy who talks the talk. Maybe he can reach Middle America.
And apparently Pete Buttigieg talks the talk. It probably comes from being mayor of South Bend, Indiana, home of the University of Notre Dame (although it must be noted, sadly, that a lot of people at Notre Dame have forgotten how to talk the talk).
The problem with church-talking lefty politicians, though, is that they rarely get the talk right. That’s because their understanding of religion is highly truncated. Mayor Pete demonstrated this in his Trump criticism…
“Here you have somebody who not only acts in a way that is not consistent with anything that I hear in scripture or in church, where it’s about lifting up the least among us and taking care of strangers, which is another word for immigrants, and making sure that you’re focusing your effort on the poor. But also personally, how you’re supposed to conduct yourself. Not chest thumping look-at-me-ism, but humbling yourself before others.”
Well, Donald Trump shows no deficit of look-at-me-ism, that’s for sure. But as Paula Bolyard, managing editor at PJ Media, pointed out, while Christianity is certainly concerned with welcoming strangers and lifting up the poor, there’s also a rather serious focus on sin…
“Christians the world over will be heading into Easter weekend soon, when we contemplate the violent death Jesus suffered on the cross. The theological term — penal substitutionary atonement — means that God, in order to appease His wrath at the sin of mankind, punished Jesus for our sins. It’s not pretty — it’s not meant to be. Sin — from the tiniest white lie to the most vicious murder — offends God on the deepest level and denies the imago Dei (image of God) that dwells within us. God calls our feeble attempts at self-righteousness ‘filthy rags’ …. All that is to say: God takes sin very, very seriously — Trump’s sin, Buttigieg’s sin, my sin. Only faith in the substitutionary atonement of Christ — the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world — can make us right with God.”
That’s the part we never hear from lefty politicians who try to talk the talk. We haven’t heard it from Pete Buttigieg.
And perhaps that’s for the best. Sometimes silence can be another of those tributes which vice pays to virtue.
Those who are old enough remember Studebaker as the name plate on a line of automobiles known for modest price and advanced design. Back in the day, those cars were manufactured in South Bend, Indiana. Writing on his own blog, Benjamin Studebaker, a graduate student currently pursuing a Ph.D. at England’s Cambridge University, compares the impact his famous family had on the South Bend community with that of the current mayor. He find’s Buttigieg’s contribution highly questionable…
“Studebaker created jobs for ordinary people. What has Pete Buttigieg done for the poor and working people of South Bend? The numbers suggest he hasn’t done anything. What he has done is threaten low income homeowners with financial penalties if they don’t make their homes prettier in a bid to push up land values and gentrify the city. If they couldn’t pay, Buttigieg seized their homes and ripped them down.”
Studebaker’s observations about lefty Mayor Pete are worth reading…
You just can’t satisfy everybody — as Pittsburgh-based gay writer Jacob Bacharach demonstrates in his critique of Pete Buttigieg, who…
“wants to define himself as a very specific kind of family man: a veteran, a Christian, and a fierce, married monogamist, in stark moral opposition to the gross, philandering current occupant of the White House. This is probably good politics. I’m not so sure it’s good for the gays.”
And why is that? Apparently because Mayor Pete’s image of gay “normality” robs the LGBTQ movement of its radical edge…
“…it is hard to escape the way that American capitalism and American democracy have worked in tandem both to dissipate and to assimilate the radical democratic energies of queer liberation by giving a very circumscribed sort of gay a conditional membership to the club.”
In other words, the more acceptable Mayor Pete becomes, the less the impulse to change society.
Check out Bacharach’s observations on an uber-hip website called The Outline…